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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    Bucs Capacitor

    Sweet idea! I’ll be at the game, praying we don’t lose by 30. Go Bucs!

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      Bucs Capacitor

      Welp. We didn’t lose by 30! God is cruel, sometimes, in his humor…

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    jerseybucsfan

    Good luck PR. Appreciate the effort of trying new things.

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    nitey

    Good idea. I actually expect a close game not unlike the Rams game. If the defense can create some turnovers and the offense can have basically a clean game. I think we could narrowly win this game. However, at zero turnovers, the edge, I feel is with the Falcons.

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    Mark Cook

    This is a terrible start. No pass rush whatsoever. Offensive goes three-and-out when Rainey drops a throw. Nightmare start and this one could get ugly

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    melman77

    Where is our defense? Where is our offence?

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    Mark Cook

    Falcons 159 yards of offense, Bucs with 6. Ouch. An now Patton decides to take the kickoff return 7 yards deep.

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    melman77

    Another interception. This is going to be a long season.

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    DrT1066

    Thought for a minute I saw Raheem Morris on the sideline! Time for Mike Glennon – there won’t be anything to lose.

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    JohnBuc06

    I think we have bottomed out and are now the worst team in the league. I don’t see how we can even bet the Raiders or Jacksonville. I figured it would be rough on defense but we’re making the ATL defense look like Seattle right now.

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    Mark Cook

    How do you allow a third and 17 conversion on defense. Bad play by Goldson. Gotta know where the sticks are.

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    jtwright

    I cannot believe that I actually have season tickets to watch this team. Can we please get near a receiver?

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    jerseybucsfan

    Working the overnight. Took a nap and missed the first quarter. I can see I made a good decision.

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    Mark Cook

    You know the game is going bad when the refs miss a helmet-to-helmet hit on the QB. usually they err on the side of caution, this time totally miss it.

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    DrT1066

    You did jerseybucsfan! You can’t defend a pass from 3 or 4 yards behind the receivers. They all, but maybe vernier, look awful! This basically is the second team front seven with a few exceptions – and they play like it.
    Just heard Josh McCowan hurt his thumb. Guess the future is now. Good luck Mike.

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    jerseybucsfan

    Feels like we are right back in the early 90s, a national joke

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    miamibucs

    I am not a Schiano fan but the Yucks never looked this bad under him. Impressive display of ineptitude!!!

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    AzTech

    What a huge embarassment the Bucs are. They are worse than last year. At this point I don’t see any game on the schedule that they can win. I hope Publix will offer a paper bag price special because we are going to need a lot of them this year to wear.

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    LordJim

    I’m still not clear where all the Lovie momentum came from. We’re stuck with him now, though. Maybe they’ll finally wise up and pay Gruden whatever he wants.

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    JohnBuc06

    So Mark with a team like this already in shambles and looking like clearly the worst team in the league any hope the Owners realize that Lovie was a mistake and pull a Cleveland and dump him after 1 year? As bad as Schiano was and as much of a joke last season was I can’t see any tolerance for the team looking this bad.

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      DrT1066

      JohnBuc06
      The Glazers picked Mark Dominic. He squandered or just blew first, second and third round picks like trading for Darrelle Revis. Drafting Josh Freeman, Brain Price, DeQuan Bowers and others. There are at least 5 blown high picks that would be starting with a decent GM and without Morris and Schiano.
      The Chinese have a saying, “the fish rots from the head first.” That would be the Glazers. As dumb as they have been since firing Chucky I wonder how they made their fortune.

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      Mark Cook

      I can’t see that, they still owe Schiano two years after this one, then to owe Lovie four years? Highly doubtful. Now if they finish 0-16 all bets are off.

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    Gulfstrings

    Thought my neighbor’s house was n fire. Turns out he was just burning his Buc stuff.

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    Mr. Incredible

    My work day is too difficult already to make THIS my leisure pursuit. I feel like a complete moron for continuing to support this team. What a bunch of buffoons. Oh wait, who is worse, the fool or the fool who follows?

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    Mr. Incredible

    I’m so done with Mark Barron. Looser!

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      DrT1066

      Thanks. You can add not drafting Luke Kuechley and drafting Mark Barron instead as another Dominic/Schiano boner!

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    macabee

    Yesterday I said this was a bad football team. I was wrong. This is a really bad football team. During the 1st quarter, I was angry and upset. Now It’s just comical. lol

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    nmkinley

    Total embarrassment. I’m all for any changes suggested from now on.

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    jiggyjoe

    I turned the TV off. I have never seen a football game played as poorly as this game by the Bucs. I am talking High School too. The ownership needs to get together and make some plans. After this I don’t think the Bucs will ever get national broadcast again. I am so unhappy that I cannot think of the right words.

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    Mark Cook

    Giving up 56 point is really going to hurt in the tiebreaker for playoffs if both these teams are tied at the end of year. I kid! Sometime you have to laugh instead of crying. Right?

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    macabee

    You’re right Mark! No need to talk about football, because we didn’t see much of that from the Bucs. So we may as well have some fun.

    Did you guys see the look on Logan Mankins face as he left the field? Sheesh! I should have taken that pay cut with the Patriots! lol

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    BucWild02

    I did it!!! I watched the whole game! I was watching live the day it happened. The day Lovie Smith and his team made the Schiano Bucs look like world beaters! Sure, Lovies cool offseason confidence and quick trigger for McCown looked good on paper, but no I understand…Infamous lives on longer than famous ever could! Had the Bucs won a HO-HUM 31-27 affair tonight, who would remember? This is better than Schiano’s victory formation blitz!

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